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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2011
  • pp: 3984–3986

Passive synchronization of all-fiber lasers through a common saturable absorber

M. Zhang, E. J. R. Kelleher, A. S. Pozharov, E. D. Obraztsova, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 20, pp. 3984-3986 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.003984


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Abstract

We present the synchronization of two all-fiber mode-locked lasers, operating at 1.0 μm and 1.54 μm , coupled through the use of a shared single-wall carbon nanotube absorber. Both lasers operate in the soliton-regime, achieving a synchronized repetition rate of 13.08 MHz . The broadband absorption range of the single-wall carbon nanotubes allows the stable mode-locking behavior at 1 μm and 1.5 μm . The nonlinear coupling effects between two energy states of the carbon nanotube absorber result in stable synchronized pulses for hours of operation, with a large cavity mismatch of 1400 μm .

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OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 12, 2011
Published: October 5, 2011

Citation
M. Zhang, E. J. R. Kelleher, A. S. Pozharov, E. D. Obraztsova, S. V. Popov, and J. R. Taylor, "Passive synchronization of all-fiber lasers through a common saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 36, 3984-3986 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-20-3984


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